Judge to consider televising case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma County judge will consider allowing court proceedings involving a pharmacist charged with murder to be televised.

Three TV stations are seeking permission from District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure to televise the preliminary hearing and possible trial of Jerome Ersland.

The judge told The Oklahoman she'll consider the request.

Attorneys for Oklahoma City stations KWTV-9 and KFOR-TV and Tulsa's KOTV have argued that the proceedings should be televised because of the immense public interest in the case.

Prosecutors charged Ersland with first-degree murder for killing an unarmed robber May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City.

Videotape showed Ersland shooting 16-year-old Antwun Parker in the head and then chasing another robber out of the store. Ersland retrieved another gun after returning and shot an unconscious Parker five times.

Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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